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WEEKEND WRAPUP: International Soccer Headliners
by Paul Kennedy, October 8th, 2007 7AM
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RACE/PREMIER LEAGUE
[VIDEO] A day after Manchester United temporarily took the lead in the English Premier League with a 4-0 win over Wigan, Arsenal went back on top with a 3-2 over Sunderland for its record 10th straight victory in all competitions (EPL, League Cup and Champions League).

The Gunners, who lead the EPL by two points and have a game in hand, went up 2-0 in the opening 14 minutes on goals by Robin van Persie and Philippe Senderos before allowing Sunderland to pull even early in the second half on goals by Ross Wallace and Trinidad & Tobago international Kenwyne Jones.

Teenager Theo Walcott brilliantly set up van Persie for the winning goal with 10 minutes left.

PLAYER/AFONSO ALVES
[VIDEO] Brazilian international Afonso Alves set a Dutch Eredivisie record on Sunday when he scored seven goals for Heerenveen in a 9-0 win over Heracles.

The 26-year-old striker Alves registered a hat trick between the 10th and 18th minutes and added four more goals within nine minutes in the second half.

He scored 34 goals for Heerenveen last season but was frustrated that there were no bidders at club's asking price on the summer transfer market. That should change now.

MATCH/BAYERN MUNICH-NUREMBERG
[VIDEO] First-place Bayern Munich beat Nuremberg, 3-0, on Sunday in their 176th Bavarian derby that coincided with the end of Oktoberfest beer festival.

Italy striker Luca Toni scored twice to tie teammate Miroslav Klose for the Bundesliga lead with eight goals and draw praise from his coach, Ottmar Hitzfeld.

"He's simply a first-class goalscorer," said Hitzfeld. "He's gets to the right spot at the right time. You might think he looks like he might be a bit big and sluggish but then he'll break free like a gazelle. He's a pivotal player and greatly strengthened our attack."

COACH/LUIS FERNANDO TENA
After Chivas, it was the turn of archrival Club America to fire its coach. Luis Fernando Tena got the boot after Sunday's 3-1 loss to Toluca left it third in the Mexican First Division's Group 2 with 13 points after 11 games.

America replaced Tena with Argentine Daniel Brailovsky. Tena is the sixth coaching casualty (out of 18 clubs) since the start of the Torneo Apertura two months ago. America had finished third in the SuperLiga competition, behind MLS clubs Houston and D.C. United.

Coached by Argentina's 2006 World Cup coach, Jose Pekerman, Toluca won on goals by Christian Gimenez, Paulo da Silva and Vicente Sanchez. America had veteran Duilio Davino sent off in the 36th minute.



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